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Ski Tahoe... (the bucket list)

post #1 of 10
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I just got back to Boston from a week at Tahoe. I skied Heavenly, Squaw Valley and Kirkwood.

I don't know how many members here have only skied the east, but please read on....

Do anything you have to and get to Tahoe. Drive there, sell your car, whatever it takes. When I was at Squaw, I mused out loud to my GF, "What took me so long to come here?" (I'm in my late 50's) and I almost started to cry. That's how much I loved being there.
 
The amount of terrain, the amazing powder snow, the beautiful trails, cliffs, and trees are like nothing I've ever seen. I didn't even have great weather until my 2nd day at Squaw, and my one day at Kirkwood. I think they call it a bluebird day at Kirkwood. It was warm, the snow was amazing (7 ft of snow the week before!), there was almost no wind even at the top of the mountain! 

I liked Squaw & Kirkwood more than Heavenly, mostly because I was at Heavenly Sat-Sun-Mon, and there was a lot of traffic on the w/e, but I still had a blast there. I think the people were friendliest at Kirkwood. As a transplanted California boy, I really felt like I was skiing with my people at Kirkwood.

Favorite runs: Chair 4, Cornice, Norm's Nose & The Wall at Kirk, Headwall & Emigrant & Shirley Lake & Red Dog at Squaw... Comet, Dipper & Sky at Heavenly. I skied The Face at Heavenly next to Gunbarrel, but hardly looked great. I was panting & sweating on the side of the run when this kid, maybe 10 years old passed me looking good, not stopping AT ALL on his run. As he went by I had to tell him, "You look great, kid".

Like I said, if you have only skied the east - go to Tahoe before you kick the bucket. You will love it. Say hi to the Ponderosa pines for me.  Peace.
post #2 of 10
 The area is great.
post #3 of 10

About five years ago I skied two of the three on your list for the first time.  I too left very impressed with Kirkwood. The terrain out there has a little different feel to it than Colorado or Utah, not sure how to describe it.  The big pines are part of it, also the rock outcroppings seem more sharp/jagged? and lots of undulation and ravines.  And of course, the snow comes in fits and spurts and giant gobs. 

I'll throw you down another challenge: do anything you have to and next get to the Alps.  Ain't we lucky to live in such a great, big, beautiful ski world?

post #4 of 10
Never been to Lake Tahoe area. However, my Dad and Uncle skied there. They skied Kirkwood Heavenly and another place( cant remember the name of it) Anyway they absolutely loved Kirwood. They said heavenly was nice to but they said Kirkwood was just outstanding...
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Originally Posted by skier232 View Post

Never been to Lake Tahoe area. However, my Dad and Uncle skied there. They skied Kirkwood Heavenly and another place( cant remember the name of it) Anyway they absolutely loved Kirwood. They said heavenly was nice to but they said Kirkwood was just outstanding...

s'got nothin' on the east coast brah...
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Jamesj - Thanks for the post. I was looking at an Innsbruck trip online last night. The thing is, I can ski for about 2 weeks in Utah (Colo, etc.) for what it cost to ski a week in the Alps. And, I know German a bit. Still... I'm really tempted to go there. If the snow was guaranteed, I would feel a lot better about dropping a few grand on a trip to Austria. I 'd be bummed out if I went there and it rained 5 days or something.

I'm thinking about Utah for March...
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if you want to check out my pics...

HEAVENLY
http://www2.snapfish.com/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=1951149020/a=2176351020_2176351020/otsc=SHR/otsi=SALBlink/COBRAND_NAME=snapfish/

SQUAW
http://www2.snapfish.com/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=1949006020/a=2176351020_2176351020/otsc=SHR/otsi=SALBlink/COBRAND_NAME=snapfish/

Kirkwood
http://www2.snapfish.com/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=1948938020/a=2176351020_2176351020/otsc=SHR/otsi=SALBlink/COBRAND_NAME=snapfish/

please note, all pics are copyrighted. If you want to use one in full or in part, just let me know. I just tested the links and Snapfish asked me to log in, but Snapfish instructions for sharing albums said the links should work in blogs, etc... please let me know if you have a problem accessing the pics.

any comments & questions are welcome. thanks
Edited by bosrocker51 - 2/3/10 at 10:02pm
post #8 of 10
FYI: Its asking me for a login and password. 

But more importantly, I am very happy to hear you and others say such nice things about Kirkwood. I'm super stoked you enjoyed your visit. However, I will ask that in the future you don't gush so much in such a public forum. We don't want EVERYONE to know what they are missing. 
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Originally Posted by bosrocker51 View Post

if you want to check out my pics...

HEAVENLY
http://www2.snapfish.com/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=1951149020/a=2176351020_2176351020/otsc=SHR/otsi=SALBlink/COBRAND_NAME=snapfish/

SQUAW
http://www2.snapfish.com/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=1949006020/a=2176351020_2176351020/otsc=SHR/otsi=SALBlink/COBRAND_NAME=snapfish/

Kirkwood
http://www2.snapfish.com/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=1948938020/a=2176351020_2176351020/otsc=SHR/otsi=SALBlink/COBRAND_NAME=snapfish/

please note, all pics are copyrighted. If you want to use one in full or in part, just let me know. I just tested the links and Snapfish asked me to log in, but Snapfish instructions for sharing albums said the links should work in blogs, etc... please let me know if you have a problem accessing the pics.

any comments & questions are welcome. thanks
 
Too bad, I can't enjoy your pictures. I really don't want to sign up for another picture sharing website. Way too many already. 
post #10 of 10
 While I have a snapfish account and enjoyed looking at the pics, I would like to see you post a few here to share with those who don't have access.

If you need help, please let me know.
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